Senate Chooses Illegal Aliens Over Wounded Vets

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In a showdown between military veterans (including disabled vets) and illegal aliens, the United States Senate sided with illegal aliens.

The budget bill now being considered by the Senate includes some painful cuts in government spending. Among those being asked to endure some pain are our military veterans, who will see their pensions trimmed by some $6 billion over the next ten years. Among those not being asked to endure the pain of fiscal austerity are illegal aliens who reap huge rewards from the federal government under the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).

According to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, about 2.3 million “individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States” collected $4.2 billion from the ACTC program in 2010. In fact, 72 percent of people filing tax returns using Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) claimed the child tax credit. A significant chunk of this money paid to illegal aliens from the Federal Treasury was doled out on behalf of kids who do not even live in the U.S., or may be entirely fictitious.

Nevertheless, when Sen. Jeff Session (R-Ala.) tried to offer an amendment that would have restored pension benefits to military veterans by eliminating ACTC benefits to tax filers who lack valid Social Security numbers, it was blocked by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), as he has done in the past. By a 54-46 vote, the Senate prevented amendment from being offered claiming that doing so could upset a delicate House-Senate agreement worked out by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

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  1. avatar

    Why aren’t US politicians seeing this as a second Mexican-American War with large civilian invasion forces? Instead it is seen by politician-business people as a chance to hustle some money through import products, low wage workers, and increased funding for social welfare departments?
    When you realize $100 in Mexican money is worth only $7.78, which no one wants to cash in in the US anyway, you understand why Mexicans would bring their products to market here. Do our politicians lend money to Mexicans for the products & trucking into the US or what? Treasonous.

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    All of them are traitors to veterans and the active military.
    As a disabled vet whom see other veterans that are homeless and ill I simply cannot image where their heads are at.
    The night before last, my wife and I encountered a homeless vet with cancer sitting downtown in freezing cold conditions-

    Outrageous!

    Once you’ve been homeless as a veteran as I once was you always notice those that are homeless.

    There are so many homeless veterans- while those supposed to represent us and work in our best interest prefer the illegals. Treason.

    All the while the bozos in D,C, are warm and indifferent to the real situation with the vets,and Barrack the Marxist traitor inside is off warming himself on a gold course with friend recently arrested for soliciting prostitution.

    Birds of a feather.

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    I though if you did something to break the law you get caught there is a penilty you have to pay no mater how you cut it or our elected politicians try to cover up illegal is illegal they broke the law and should have to pay all who are here and voted for this **** and turn there backs on our vets if it wasn’t for our vets they wouldn’t have a right to vote or hold office we have problems in this country and this is one of the biggist ones what happened to if you want to come here there is a proscess if I where one of those trying to get in the right I would also be pissed vote next year lets take back our country it is going to take time and effort to rid this cancer

  4. avatar

    They all should dammed to hell for treating those who protect our freedom and those that have.They all need to be impeeched.Kick them all out of office.

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      With $50 Billion annually going to silly non-profits, only few are worthy or necessary. Sorry, I do think most Moms are able to teach their preschooler the ABC’s etc.
      The many, many people who file for a 501(c) 3 status, are /can be retired, disabled, doing it part time as a passion and it’s all tax free mostly given by a grant from our Government, ……….. see “Grants.gov” !!
      Feral pig fencing in Hawaii, etc. ———- oh my goodness !
      This is nothing new , all presidents, Senators, Congressmen have known of them for 30 years.
      I think the Military budget must be trimmed in a huge way, as we are in “peace time” .. and it’s really Federal Welfare jobs. Just another name.
      How much fear is involved in cutting those jobs must be gigantic. They will squeal like stuck pigs .

  5. avatar

    I agree with Perry Vann, going to Walmart and sams club is like a foreign country. I often watch the immigrants in the parking lot, many get in very nice cars, nicer than most Americans. Last week at sams club I seen some of our local Bosnia immigrants, wish I could afford to buy the expensive clothes they wear.
    Time to close the borders. Illegals should NOT be allowed additional tax credits but morons in dc are fighting for votes, screw Americans, favor immigrants, refugees and illegals. Sickens me, country is being ruined.

  6. avatar

    LET’S FACE IT. WE AMERICANS ARE BEING SOLD OUT BY OUR OWN POLITICIANS TO THE LOWEST BITTER, BY OUR SO CALLED (LAWMAKERS OF AMERICA!) WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING, THEY FEEL THEY ARE DOING THIS TO SAVE AND HELP OR ECOMONY! YES! OUR POLITICIANS HAVE THIS THING ABOUT 11-30 MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND MORE FOREIGNERS WILL HELP OUR AMERICAN ECOMONY. WHAT A LAUGH!!! AN AMNESTY FOR MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL BE MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS GAIN IN AMERICA, AND AMERICANS BIG LOSS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY AMERICA! WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO DO TO OUR COUNTRY, YOU BETTER BELIEVE THAT OUR FOREFATHERS WHO BELIEVE IN OUR CONSTITUTION OUR LAWS, RULES, AND REGULATIONS, ARE TURNING OVER IN THEIR GRAVES. AN AMNESTY OR LEGALIZATION FOR MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS WILL BE A DISASTER FOR AMERICA, IT WILL NOT HELP AMERICA AND IT CITIZENS AT ALL, ALL IT WILL DO WILL JUST FORCE AMERICANS TO LIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY, WHICH IS MEXICO! MILLIONS OF JOBS ARE FILLED WITH MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS NOW! AND THE TERRIBLE THING ABOUT THIS, MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS ACTUALLY HAVE JOBS IN AMERICA, OUR OWN POLITICIANS ARE ALLOWING THEM TO WORK IN AMERICA NOW, REGARDLESS OF ALL THEIR FALSE SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, FALSE NAMES, FALSE DRIVER LICENCES, FALSE AGES, ALL OF WHAT ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE ALLOW TO DO IN AMERICA, IS FORCE THEM SELVES ON US AS AMERICANS, SO MANY JOBS THAT BELONG TO AMERICANS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO LEGAL AND ILLEGAL ALIENS IN AMERICA, JUST GO TO ALMOST ANY AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT, OUR HOSPITALS, PROPERTY MANGEMENTS, OUR SANTITARY WASTE CO. TELEPHONE COMPANIES, OUR GAS AND ELECTRIC CO. AND MUCH MORE, AND THOSE AMERICANS WHO HAVE NO EMPLOYMENT, TRY TO SEEK JOBS IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY ARE PUT DOWN BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT BILINGUAL. YOU JUST DO NOT FEEL THAT YOU ARE IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY AMERICA ANY MORE. IT WILL GET WORSE IF OUR PRESIDENT GIVE ANOTHER AMNESTY, IT WILL DESTROY AMERICA AND IT CITIZENS, AMERICA WILL BE CONTROL BY ILLEGAL ALIENS AND ALL OF THEIR ADVOCATES. MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WILL CONTINUE TO BE JOBLESS, JUST STANDING IN THE BACK OF THE LINE TO THEIR OWN JOBS, WHILE MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS WITH THEIR WORK PERMITS BE STANDING IN THE FRONT OF THE LIENS, AN NOTHER AMNESTY WILL JUST BE TOTAL DISASTER JUST LIKE 1986 AMNESTY DISASTER, IT IS GOING TO GET SO TERRIBLE OUT OF CONTROL, IT WILL NOT BE AN EASY TASK WITH ALL THE PROGRESSION, OF GETTING ALL THESE LIEING ILLEGAL ALIENS TO GATHER, MILLIONS OF THEM WILL LIE, AND JUST GET PASS THROUGH THE SYSTEM, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE EVERY EXCUSE THEY CAN THINK OF!!!!!!!!!

  7. avatar

    Reid should be thrown out on his *** for his actions favoring illegals over our military and their families.

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      Why send in our year end taxes until 2016?
      I think without our money returned for ONE year will be the exact message our D.C. spoiled brats need !

      The next 3 years are crucial for our entire family of 135 people who fought and died for this country and also built it from the Industrial Revolution.
      Computers were predicted to eliminate many jobs, yet we keep swamping our world with a “military presence” ???

      We were loyal Democrats until this year, but it’s way out of control and they think we are stupid?
      I think the movement that has rumored to send in your final or quarterly tax return MINUS $20.16 , just to show we’ll be watching who cuts, cuts, and ENFORCES laws already in place will be our favored party.

      We are going to watch the next 3 year show, and will not be sending in our $20.16 every year until then …..

  8. avatar
    Amanda Casares on

    This is outrageous! I say take the president & ALL in Washington & put THEM on the front lines!! They wouldn’t last 2 minutes!!

  9. avatar

    Posting these problems online isn’t doing all that need to be done. I know it cost money but this should be taken to the airways, television, and radio ads so all can see what is happening. It is not one political party, but both are to blame. Politicians in Washington have gave our jobs , and country away. I believe that anyone that cross our borders illegally have broken our laws and should be deported. If they are her illegally and have a child then that child is also illegal, if here legal and have a child then that child is a legal citizen. Here in Arkansas I go to Wal-Mart and it’s like being overseas in another country, no one’s speaking english, and they all are paying for their food with EBT(food stamp)cards, and our senior citizens only qualify for less then $20.00 amonth.SOMETHING MORE HAS TO BE DONE OTHER THAN TALKING ABOUT IT

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      delbert balling on

      Exactly! I have pay numerous money to every Organization that is fighting for our Country, and they have only won, maybe 1% of the fight. When you have a Country full of corrupt Judges you can’t win much. I pray a lot, and I’m hoping someone can find a Judge that will sign an arrest warrant for Obama, and just walk in and arrest his sorry ***.

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      Bravo for speaking the truth! We U.S. Citizens have to take our country back from Obama and his henchmen and go back to following not only the Constitution, but the laws already on the books. If we sit back and do nothing, we will be speaking Spanish and standing in bread lines——-beggars in our own country! To do nothing is to give up, go with the flow, don’t make waves, and give our country away. Balderdash. I’m a vet and I’m ready to defend our laws and our rights. Just call me Jean of Ark.

  10. avatar
    VFW Member: Vernon Carrens on

    To Add Injury to Insult;
    TRACK THE MONEY: “Recovery. Gov” California: $34,577,200,000., Mexican population near 50%
    Texas: $17,043,360,000., Mexican population near 43%
    New York: $17,163,480,000., Mexican population near 32%
    The tracking dates for the above figures are: 02-17-09 to 09-30-13;
    The above population figures do not include illegal Mexicans now living in these states.

  11. avatar

    Harry Reid has fixed it so the Republicans can’t win when it comes to voting on any of the issues. there are about 54 democRats and only 46 Republicans who vote on these issues, the DemocRats win every time, I believe he fixed it that way so that some of the Rinos can save face with the Republican party. Its a well known fact that some of the Republican Senators lean to the left and vote against their own party, because they believe in the DemocRats way of thinking, and Senator Session is one of them Rinos, he’s just going through the motions on this issue, cause he knows the Republicans can’t win, they are to few., So Session can save face. Its a shame how they can take life away from the true Americans, and then turn around and show them that their sacrifices were for nothing, by opening Americas borders and allowing free passage to any and all foreigners, not caring if they are friendly or hostiles, while taking away our freedom, and security, and attacking our Constitution, and all this is done in the name of Obama, so Veterans don’t relax yet cause our war isn’t over yet.

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      Please explain in what sense you believe Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is a RiNo. He has led a lot of winning conservative fights as well as many in the last few years he has lost, though admittedly it is hard to win with the current
      scarcity of Republicans, Harry Reed’s nuclear option, a press that doesn’t question Obama, and a President who issues Diktats and is trying now to solidify control over the governing of his surveillance state through court-packing.

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      I think you have Senator Sessions confused with Senator Lyndsey Graham who was a member of the “gang of Eight” Sessions continually speaks out against and continues the good fight against this regime.
      You are correct though, the Republicans ARE SOFT on immigration and it started with Bush and his compassionate workers/amensty bill, which was voted down. Then Obama came in with his executive order and over rode it – Reid’s Dream Act.

      My question – where is the military? Why are they always silent? And why is that terrorist from Ft. Hood still receiviing his pay?

  12. avatar

    how ridiculous is this??? How can anyone in their right mind even think of doing what our congress and senate have done? And of course obama will sign this piece of trash. To even think of introducing a bill that would take from our veterans and give to illegal trespassers is insane and then to pass that bill. I can understand the liberal democrat involved in creating that budget but Mr Ryan must have moved to the other side of the isle. To think that I voted for him in the last presidential election!!!

  13. avatar

    This is not just an “immigration” issue.

    It shows that part of our government is hostile to the majority of American citizens.

    And siding with invaders (so-called illegal “immigrants”) against defenders of this country makes it plain and clear.

    Did anyone say “treason”?

  14. avatar

    WHY does Harry Reed make these kind of decisions & it works?!!!! Our PRECIOUS vets that give & gave their lives for or country & others not so great, deserve to have the BEST that we can give. That would be so easy if we would STOP putting terrorist countries “first” & people who sneek into our country,dont follow our rules, use dead people SS numbers, collect money for their kids when they dont live here, & have the audzsity to “march” wanting “rights”? This man needs to be kicked out of this great country & put him into Gitmo, fast. I just read he wants 8 more years! ….. All of this is sooooo WRONG!!!!! I am a NOBODY or I would surely make a BIG deal about this & make sure domdthing gets done: Reed is OUT & our vets are IN.

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      What you’re calling overhaul…..I call flushing the toilet that is our Senate. Have they no shame~ What I think about Ryan I can’t print here…

  15. avatar

    well its not surprising..there all idiots in the senate,and legislature,.etc..i think all americans who put into being in the service should withdraw..stop being idiots..your so called protecting america isnt working.the prez the senators ,everyone, in the so called house doesnt give a damn..let them all see that these daamn immigrants cant protect america..in fact they will probably help blow it up…they already have showed that..
    my mind cant even fathom why all the so call ”in thoe house people are so stupid.”it must be the obama curse..there all really getting stupid..

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      Patricia what you said in your comments are my thoughts also. Along with many of the other comments. Reid and. Obama, Ryan, Murray and many more should take a cut in their pensions. Better yet removed from office now not later.

  16. avatar

    Again this administration, Harry Reid and left wing radicals show their hand at being non the less without moral or ethical codes and guidelines.

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    Veterans who served their country are entitled to full benefits. Lawbreakers, who serve no purpose, whatsoever, except to drain resources they don’t deserve, are put first by the liberal parasites who track dirt on America’s clean carpet. This makes no sense. Remember this wrong, and make it right, the next time you vote.

  18. avatar
    Vivian E. Trimble on

    It’s despicable to treat our veterans the way our government does.

    The precious House-Senate agreement should be scrapped and condemned for the worthless piece of feces that it is. In my opinion, Harry Reid should be stripped and run through the streets of D.C. naked, then locked out of the Senate forever.

  19. avatar

    This doesn’t surprise me at all. The people elected to represent us, have sold us out for the profits they realize from supporters of illegal immigration. Big business is just as guilty when they lobby for foreign tech workers who also work cheaper. We’ve been told we won’t do the low-skilled jobs and we aren’t smart enough for white collar jobs. So all that’s left is to keep quiet and contribute to our own downfall. What has happened to the brave, patrotic nation Into which I was born?

  20. avatar

    First they give cartels guns, then they LIE about health insurance, the Democrats betray our National Security to help Muslims get Nuclear Weapons. Lets not forget how they have handcuff our troops on the battle front, and their war on Christianity that helps our enemy the Muslims to take a foothold in America. Now they are stabing our heroes and the American people, by giving money to lawbreaking people, to buy their votes. THE DEMOCRATS LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING !

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      This is the GOP dream. Bring in illegals, keep pay low, and have the Demos get the blame. Business interests, Chamber of Congress, and big contributors to the GOP candidates all want more illegals. What party was President Reagan from? Break the unions, get rid of the middle class.

  21. avatar

    This abandonment by both parties, and the “Commander in Chief” of our military leave me sick to my stomach, stunned and shocked. I will do everything in my power to see that these individuals are looking for employment after the next election! To do this to our military veterans who have paid the price, more than once, is an insult and one of the most shameful votes I have ever witnessed.

    I listened to Fox Special Report last night and the “visiting” senator described our veterans and military retirees as the “low hanging fruit” in the consideration for this bill! If they had a union they’d have stood a chance, or if they were Illegal Aliens they would not have even been considered for the cut!

    Sempfer Fi

  22. avatar
    Richard N. Trimble on

    How dare these lowlife mental incompetents choose to cut veteran benefits and pay out more for illegal immigrants??!!!???

    These morons, and I don’t make any distinction between Demolicans or Republicrats, – they’ve all got cornmeal mush for brains. It has been my opinion for many years that politicians are guilty of treason until proven innocent.

    The whole mess of them should be sent home and somebody else, anybody else, sent up there, They certainly can’t do any worse than this crop of inept incompetents have done,

  23. avatar

    To bad our main stream media is so irresponsible & corrupt. This should be on the national news but of course it will not. Political Correctness is destroying our nation. The government, media & educational system are obsessed with skin color. PC has become the religion of the left.

  24. avatar
    Dr. Thomas E. Davis, Colonel, USA (ret) on

    What else would a good, decent American expect from Harry the Whore, Reid. He never served his country, has no respect for our veterans and is nothing more than a coattail communistic sycophant of the bastard in the oval office.’
    The Democraps are more loyal to their criminal party than to the people whose employees they are. they are addressed as The Honorable so and so. but are far from honorable. Both Houses and the Executive Branch are incompetent, disloyal to the nation and are called ‘Institutions’ simply because the occupants are either halfwits like Nancy Pelosi and Hank Johnson or certified mental cases like John McCain, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Lindsay Graham, or should be convicts in a federal penitentiary like Leon Panetta, Hillary Clinton and Eric Holder. We as a Nation are in dire need of an Article V Constitutional Convention prior to the 2014 midterm elections.

  25. avatar

    It is time to clean up the toilet called the Senate. They choose aliens over our veterans? These creeps like Harry Reid and his creeps who vote against our veterans who have given so much..Contemptible. [edited for content]

  26. avatar

    My gawd, the stupidity in Congress boggles the mind. Gnashing my teeth masks my disgust….to a degree.

  27. avatar

    I am not happy with either party, but I think I will be voting Republican next time. I live in Illinois, a state ran by Democrats, and I can’t figure out how it hasn’t gone bankrupt yet (if they keep these polices it will).

  28. avatar

    all the Senators who voted against the veterans are Traitors to the United States of America. And our soldiers. When the civil war comes, that Obama and the Progressive are pushing for, and we take up arms against our President and Traitor Senators lead by Reid and Congress lead by Boehner and Pelosi. The Military should be with we the people. They swore to up hold the Constitution and our freedom from foreign and domestic enemies of our Country. That means the Big Government.

  29. avatar

    Harry Reid should be ashamed and called a non American he is one of the top enemy’s of you united states he is a comme pig and one of the biggest blow jobs ever

  30. avatar

    I am sick and tired for paying for illegal immigrants. Don’t they know what ILLEGAL means? Well if they don’t, it means it’s AGAINST the law. And the people that have fought for our country and have been severely handicapped or just fought get less? How sick is that? Why aren’t Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ousted? They are two pathetic individuals that are disobeying the laws. They are the WORST!!!!!!! Get rid of them. How could anyone in Congress even listen to them? They are an embarrassment, and they are stealing my money.

  31. avatar

    What the heck is going on????????? Why do we need all those illegals in our country, and leave our vets out in
    the cold???????????? The vets have made us a free country, while all those illegals do is reap free everything,
    and cause all the turmoil in our country. I, along with the majority of Americans, except our damn politicians, want
    all 12 million of the free everything illegals to get all the benefits. Why, just so that darn president and his awful congressmen and senators can get their votes???????????

    Time for a huge rebellion in our country. This is America, not an extra province of Mexico and Central America. All those people do is sell drugs, steal, and fill our prisons, at OUR expense !!!!!!!!

  32. avatar

    If you’re a citizen, you have a Social Security number. If you are working here legally but not a citizen you have a tax identification number. You should not be getting any tax credits, much less illegals getting them.

    Just remember these are the people we are going to put on a “path to citizenship”. They snuck over the border, overstayed a visa, are working without permission on stolen or fake identification, are sucking money out of welfare programs reserved for citizens, and yet we hear how much of an asset they will be to this country. Some asset. One grifter after another.

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      VFW Member: Vernon Carrens on

      BOTTOM LINE: THIS CLEARLY SHOWL THE INTENTIONS OF THE TRAITORS IN OUR GOVERNMENT. THE CORE AMERICANS MUST REBELL.

      A VFW MEMBER: V. Carrens

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        VFW Member: Vernon Carrens on

        Our Country is already being split by the encouragement of using two languages. In about twenty years there will be a more FATAL split; Mexicans verses Core Americans. If you doubt this prognosis then check out what has already happened to the ten most southern counties in California.